The Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service has warned residents of the state against harbouring illegal immigrants in their homes, saying it is against the law.
The Comptroller, NIS, Lagos State, Mrs. Clara Okojie, gave the warning during the recent repatriation of 29 illegal immigrants from the state.
The comptroller, according to a statement on Sunday by the state command’s spokesman, DSI Jide Ogungbe, explained that a raid was carried out on the Lagos Island and its environs by a team of immigration officers, which led to the arrest of many persons suspected to be illegal immigrants from the Niger Republic.
The statement noted that after the arrest, a thorough investigation of the suspects was conducted.
“After profiling, 29 of them were found to be without any travel documents required by the Nigerian law and ECOWAS protocol,” the statement added.
Okojie was quoted to have said, “These 29 will be repatriated to the Niger Republic because the country does not have space for illegal immigrants. The Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service uses this opportunity to solicit the cooperation of the residents of the state in the area of valued information on irregular or illegal migrants living in their neighbourhood.
“We also want to remind all residents in the state that harbouring illegal immigrants is against the law.”
The state immigration boss said two Deputy Comptrollers of Immigration, Ahmed Hamzat and Saleh Abdullahi, would supervise the operation to ensure that those repatriated found their way out of the country and did not return, the Punch reports.